Weegee, Self Portrait, Gelatin Silver Print, c. 1950
In a time when the frequency of image use is proliferating, the currency of a single image with its ability to hold our gaze seems to be diminishing.
Digital photography begs the question of what is real and what is not, and there is a predominate value shift to that of the perfect as opposed to that of pure fact.
In the group exhibition "What Still Sticks?" the Cohen Gallery presents works by Diane Arbus, Roger Ballen, Larry Clark, Louis Faurer, Lisette Model and Weegee. All the work is black and white and the images are, with the exception of Roger Ballen, forty to fifty years old. As such, they are images with a strong shelf life whose shared affinity celebrates everyday life with a precision for unassailble truth and a love of the mysterious. Within these images it is not by accident or chance that our own mortality is on display.